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BEN SCHRAMM

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Ben Schramm, a member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as the Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the 25th Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett. In this position, Schramm advises the Secretary on communications, legislative, managerial, strategy, and policy matters. He is responsible for overseeing, developing, and executing the Secretary’s goals and objectives throughout the Department of the Air Force, which includes managing a $205 billion budget and 685,000 Total Force Airmen and civilians.

Prior to this position, Schramm was the White House Liaison and Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. His defense experience also includes service as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Engagement for the 24th Secretary of the Air Force and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.

Schramm is a combat veteran who served on active duty as a Marine Corps officer for more than seven years. He deployed to Helmand, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, he was a Military Social Aide to the President of the United States, an Aide-de-Camp and was selected to march in ceremonial events at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., including the iconic Friday Night Parade.

Schramm is a graduate of Georgetown University where he was a member of the varsity rowing team.

Career Chronology
1. 2010–2011, Platoon Commander, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
2. 2011–2011, Convoy Commander, Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
3. 2011–2012, Company Commander, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
4. 2012–2013, Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
5. 2013–2016, Assistant Logistics Officer, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.
6. 2016–2016, Executive Officer, Headquarters and Support Company, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.
7. 2013–2016, Military Social Aide to the President of the United States, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
8. 2014–2016, Program Manager, Marine Corps White House Social Aide Program, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
9. 2017–2018, Special Assistant, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
10. 2018–2019, Director of Strategic Engagement, Office of the 24th Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
11. 2019–2019, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the 24th Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
12. 2019–2019, White House Liaison, Office of the 27th Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
13. 2019 – present, Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the 25th Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.

Awards
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”
NATO Meritorious Service Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Achievement
Department of the Air Force Award for Meritorious Civilian

(Current as of June 2020)

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